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Gotham Is Changing Up Bane’s Comic Book Story In Big Ways

When Gotham gets its mitts on heroes and villains originating from the comic books, the writers are guaranteed to twist the characters’ stories up to keep viewers on their toes. The same will hold true for the highly anticipated debut of the iconic baddie Bane, who was finally confirmed to be portrayed by ER vet Shane West. Bane’s story won’t be quite as familiar as comic fans are ready for, so let’s look at what’s changing.

When Shane West is first seen on the streets of Gotham City in the time-jumped aftermath of the No Man’s Land bombings — or seen in the sewers or seen blowing up an office building or whatever he’s up to — fans will be witnessing a villain whose origin story is not what we’re familiar with. Speaking to audiences at New York Comic Con, Gotham executive producer and showrunner John Stephens had this to say:

[West’s character] will appear befodre he became Bane. And we tied it to Jim’s backstory. Clearly it’s different than canon.

Anyone familiar with Bane knows about his particularly disturbing childhood, as laid out in the “Knightfall” arc. His father, Edmund “King Snake” Dorrance, had escaped prison, and it was agreed his young son would be forced to serve the rest of that sentence. He was later used as a test subject for the mysterious drug Venom, which both gave him superhuman strength and also threatened to destroy him. It seems that this will play out a little differently in Gotham‘s live-action universe, however.

If Bane’s existence and/or his rise to super-villainy can be tied back to Jim Gordon, then what’s the implication there? Was Jim responsible for a life-changing arrest? Did Jim have anything to do with the creation of any mysterious drugs that turn people into veiny-muscled monsters? Because this is Gotham, I probably wouldn’t be surprised to learn that Bane’s original last name was “Gordon” or “Wayne” or something.

Beyond his imprisoned early days, Bane is one of the most intimidating and memorable comic book villains for doing what must have seemed impossible to Gotham City’s underworld denizens: he broke Batman. More specifically, he broke Batman’s back across his knee in a magnificently devastating sequence.

For Gotham, though, it won’t be the costumed billionaire that will face such crippling injuries. Instead, it will be another of Bruce’s loved ones who gets attacked. Sean Pertwee, who portrayed the dutiful and highly skilled Alfred Pennyworth, admitted to the NYCC crowd that his beloved butler will be the one on the receiving end of Bane’s violent actions. In his words:

We have an altercation. I get my back broken.

Doesn’t need to be more complicated than that to make for quite the shocking and character-altering twist. Granted, it might have been morally sketchy to show Bane breaking the back of teenaged David Mazouz on television, even if the sequence was edited to remove the most visually disturbing bits. But we’ve seen Alfred jump into the shit before to keep Bruce safe, even when Bruce was being a Ra’s-influenced douchebag, so there’s no one better equipped, mentally or physically, to take on one of Batman’s harshest injuries from the source material.

Despite this new information we have to chew on, not to mention all the other wacky updates we’ve heard, Gotham still doesn’t have a premiere date set for Season 5, which will arrive on Fox at some point in early 2019, after Bruce’s new Batcave has been completed. To see what other new and returning shows will be debuting soon, head to our fall premiere schedule.

Mark Ruffalo Went To New York Comic Con In Disguise To Take Pictures With Jason Momoa

New York Comic Con is almost over, and the week was filled with reveals, trailers, cosplays, and celebrities promoting their upcoming movies. Jason Momoa was just one of many celebrities who were in town and he was busy promoting the upcoming Aquaman. The film already released a colorful extended trailer, but having the bombastic Momoa on hand is never a bad thing. With so many celebrities in close proximity of each other, there were a few fun meetups, one of which involved a disguised Mark Ruffalo palling around with Momoa. Check it out below.

It isn’t uncommon for a celebrity to want to walk around Comic-Con yet not get mobbed by hundreds of people. Usually, these actors walk around with some kind of mask in one of the only places where you can wear a costume to blend in. Mark Ruffalo did this while he was at New York Comic Con, putting on a Grunkle Stan mask (a character from a Disney cartoon called Gravity Falls). It was an effective disguise and Ruffalo decided to drop by to see Jason Momoa whilst wearing it.

The two of them posed for a picture before Momoa directed Ruffalo to take his mask off for the camera. Both of the actors shared the moment on social media (Instagram in Momoa’s case), and the two of them looked like they had a blast! The Hulk may want to fight everyone he meets, but Mark Ruffalo is down to hang out and share bro hugs. See the more extensive video with the reveal.

As for their superheroic alter egos, both Aquaman and Hulk will be showing up on the big screen pretty soon. Aquaman is right around the corner and the standalone film will follow Arthur Curry’s quest to find his place in two different worlds. James Wan is in the director’s chair while Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Dolph Lundgren, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and Nicole Kidman fill out the supporting cast.

Meanwhile, Mark Ruffalo might be gearing up for his final portrayal of the Hulk in the MCU. The Green Goliath is set to play a role in Avengers 4 next year, and the plot is still top secret. Though, it seems like Ruffalo is almost on a mission to spoil it, having apparently dropped spoilers on The Tonight Show of all places. Regardless, reshoots are wrapping up and the film is speeding toward its release date, with a trailer likely not far off the horizon at this point.

You can check out Jason Momoa in Aquaman on December 21, while Ruffalo will appear in Avengers 4 on May 3, 2019. Stay up to date with everything else hitting theaters this year and the next by checking out our 2018 and 2019 movie release schedules.

Venom Mentions A Controversial Spider-Man Comic Story That Fans Might Miss

Warning: Very mild spoilers regarding Eddie Brock’s backstory are in the article.

After years of development, Sony has finally made a Venom movie, and despite mixed to negative reviews, it could end up being the highest-grossing October debut for a film. Being a superhero movie, there are a few of the customary easter eggs for comic book fans to spot. One possible reference has to do with why Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) is living in San Francisco and not New York City. It’s a reference to a more controversial storyline involving a character named Sin-Eater, but it really comes down to fans as to whether it is or not, according to the director, who told CinemaBlend in a recent interview:

In the film, Eddie is living in San Francisco because he’s one of those classic bad boy journalists who pokes the bear and publishes stuff that gets him into trouble. This is not a great attitude to have for a professional environment, and there’s a reason that Eddie Brock is living in San Francisco. He used to work for the Daily Globe in New York, but due to his tendency to push the wrong buttons, he was fired and blacklisted from every paper in the city. Thus, the move to San Francisco.

This is vaguely similar to what happens to Eddie Brock in the comics, and our own Sean O’Connell learned in an interview at the Venom press day that fans could interpret this as a reference to the Sin-Eater storyline from the comics. Director Ruben Fleischer name-dropped the storyline even said that it was up to fans to decide if they wanted it to be a direct reference or not.

The Sin-Eater is a psychopathic serial killer who sets out to murder people that he thinks have been “sinful.” This story is more popularly known as “The Death of Jean DeWolff,” which began with the death of Spider-Man supporting character and NYPD captain Jean DeWolff. Spider-Man and Daredevil teamed up to find and stop Sin-Eater, but it also resulted in the origin of Eddie Brock. Brock, a journalist, wrote an expose about a man who said he was Sin-Eater and then later turned out only to be a copycat. Brock was fired and his wife left him, making him hate Spider-Man and leaving himself ripe for the pickings by a certain symbiote. The story was well-regarded when it came out, but it’s pretty dark for a Spider-Man story and doesn’t play as well when reading in the light of modern times.

You can figure out if you want this to be an easter egg or not by watching Venom, which is out in theaters right now, or see what else is coming up in the world of Marvel movies, Sony or otherwise, with our full guide.

Could James Bond Ever Be A Woman? Here’s What Barbara Broccoli Says

As Doctor Who’s Time Lord becomes female this fall, there’s been another debate about a long-standing character that has gotten some attention. Could James Bond ever become a female character? Longtime producer Barbara Broccoli doesn’t really think so. She said in a recent interview:

So, there you have it. If you’ve been a person who has been interested in the idea of James Bond becoming Jamie Bond or Jane Bond or whatever, for as longs as Barbara Broccoli is involved with the franchise, James Bond is likely to remain male. Although it’s worth pointing out that Broccoli says “probably” rather than a more definitive “never.”

We’re living in an era when lots of characters are changing races and genders. Characters on the big and small screen may be different than their book or comics counterparts and reboots have enabled different characters to take shape, as well. The aforementioned Doctor Who switcheroo has been a big example of this in recent months, but lots of projects have characters who have changed genders or races, including Hermione in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and tons of superhero projects, with The Flash recently casting Kiana Madeira as the traditionally-male Spin.

As for whether or not Bond could stop being a white British dude, the desire for Idris Elba to take on the role seems to be going strong. Daniel Craig is expected to be done with Bond once Bond 25 finally sashays into theaters and a new Bond will be hired in his place.

Regardless, there are no plans for Idris Elba to take over right now–and he’s even been open about that. While we’ll have to wait and see who eventually gets hired, Barbara Broccoli also spoke to The Guardian about how Bond has evolved over time. In fact, it has gotten away from the image of females only being desirous sexual objects the franchise was known for in its early days, noting,

Indeed, everything from the types of female characters being written to their costuming has worked to change the audience’s viewpoint regarding what it means to be a Bond girl.

Plenty of people in Hollywood have given opinions about a female James Bond, ranging from being all for a gender swap to not believing it is necessary. It looks like that won’t be an option, but we’ll have to wait and see what direction James Bond goes in in Bond 26.

For now, you can catch up with James Bond when Bond 25 finally hits theaters on February 14, 2020. Or take a look at what is hitting theaters much earlier with our full movies premiere schedule.

Spawn’s Todd McFarlane Says He Wants Movie That’ll Make Little Kids Cry

Todd McFarlane has been very open about his Spawn movie being scarier and more graphic than your average superhero effort. He even said Deadpool was essentially a PG-13 movie with some butts and F-bombs. So, the idea of pushing the boundaries has never really been in question, but some fans were still surprised this week when the director took it a step further, saying he’s interested in making the type of movie that would make children under 10 cry.

Here’s a quote he dropped at New York Comic-Con, courtesy of IGN

Not to pick on any specific movie, but I think McFarlane’s larger frustration here isn’t necessarily with the end results as much as some of the things directors and producers say while films are being made. They tend to hype these projects up to try and appeal to certain elements of the fanbase and go on and on about how “gritty” or “dark” the movies are, but usually, they’re only a little grittier or a little darker than other superhero movies that have come before, not grittier or darker than actual dramas or sci-fi movies critics might describe as “gritty” or “dark”.

As for where this leaves Spawn, the jury is still out. It’s safe to say the final product will be pretty intense, but will it be intense to the point it turns off your average moviegoer? Or will it be on the right side of the line for most adults but simply too much for younger children? We shall see.

The new Spawn movie is short on details at this point. We know it will star Jamie Foxx as the main character and Jeremy Renner as Twitch Williams and has been earmarked for a 2019 release. Thanks to McFarlane’s comments, we know it’ll be pretty extreme and may even feel like a horror movie at parts. He’s said in the past Spawn might not actually be featured in any of the trailers. The whole thing sounds really original and exciting, but as with all movies, every exciting idea is ultimately rendered meaningless if the final product doesn’t fulfill any of the lofty goals.

We’ll keep you updated as more information emerges. Until then, think of all the despicable things and cross your fingers they’ll be found in Spawn’s final runtime.

Awkwafina Opened ‘SNL’ With a Moving Monologue About Representation in Hollywood

Awkwafina is having a history-making year: Not only did she star in Crazy Rich Asians—the first film in years with a cast of Asian descent—but on Saturday she also became just the second Asian women ever to host Saturday Night Live in the show’s 44-year history.

During her opening monologue, Awkwafina told a few great jokes about how she’s not, in fact, a “crazy rich Asian,” instead she’s a “rebuilding-my-credit Asian” who still buys her underwear in “12 packs from CVS.” As she wrapped up, however,, she took a moment to share a heartfelt story about how as a teenager she traveled to 30 Rock to stand outside as her idol, Lucy Liu, became the first Asian woman ever to host the show.

“Back in 2000, I came to 30 Rock and waited outside when my idol, Lucy Liu, hosted SNL,” she said, waiting for a quick applause break from the audience. “I was a kid, and I didn’t have a ticket so I knew I wasn’t getting in, but I just wanted to be near the building. And I remember how important that episode was for me, and how it totally changed what I thought was possible for an Asian-American woman.”

She waited out the hearty applause from the crowd before closing out her monologue and adding, “Standing here tonight is a dream I never thought would come true. So thank you, Lucy, for opening the door. I wasn’t able to make it in the building back then, but 18 years later I’m hosting the show.”

Awkwafina again addressed the issue of representation in a sketch called “#MeToo, Year Two” alongside several women on the cast. In the sketch, Awkwafina played Sandra Oh. noting that the #MeToo conversation “almost been compounded with [the one around] representation.”

McKinnon, playing her hilarious character of “legend” Debette Goldry laughed off the comment saying, “That’s not true. There were plenty of fabulous parts for Asian gals in the 1940s. And I played all of them!” Clearly, however, there’s still a long way to go.

Check out the entire sketch below:

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New The Quiet Man Trailer Shows A Lot, Remains Secretive

Square Enix’s The Quiet Man has been a very tight-lipped project. It was first announced during this past year’s E3 event, where Square hosted a rather small, intimate E3 press conference to roll out news and updates for some of its existing lineup of games, as well as to introduce gamers to the brand new IP. The trailers for The Quiet Man have been rather mysterious and intriguing, mostly due to how the game refrains from exposing too many details about the overall story. A large part of the appeal of The Quiet Man is in the mystery of its character and plot, which have been kept under wraps for the most part with only limited amounts of information being made available about the game. With the latest trailer, we get to see a lot more of the gameplay, even though the project as a whole remains secretive.

The new four-minute trailer for The Quiet Man is titled “Beyond Sound. Beyond Words.” The trailer starts with the Quiet Man walking into an alley where some gang members are sitting around and they tell him he has the wrong address; however, he points to his ear and wags his finger to indicate that he can’t hear. We then get a collection of clips featuring a singer at the Club Moonrise and the Quiet Man. She plays a song. The gang members from the alley then invade the club and the Quiet Man gets involved by beating some of them up, but a guy in a mask manages to kidnap the singer. The last half of the trailer is a compilation of fight sequences featuring the main character beating up gang members and tracking down the singer by interrogating various people of interest.

There are some interesting moments where the game intermixes live-action cinematics with the actual in-game play. The characters are all modeled after the real life actors, and the lighting and visuals for the game are designed to mimic the live-action elements as well in an attempt to maintain a smooth transition between the two. Even though there’s a lot of mouth movement and talking from the characters, we don’t actually hear what they’re saying.

It does make me wonder if The Quiet Man will be 30fps or 60fps, given that from a gameplay perspective 60fps works a lot better for fighting games, as evident with all the popular fighting games on the market such as Tekken 7 or Street Fighter V. Yet, there’s a lot more to the trailer than just that.

It appears as if the game is a crime-drama beat-’em-up. Players will have some measure of linear exploration with a lot of martial arts fighting tossed in between and some wicked looking finishing moves to pull off. There’s even a scene that looks like it comes out of Donnie Yen‘s SPL: Killzone.

We still don’t know the full extent of the gameplay, but Square Enix did reveal that the game would be arriving on November 1st next month for the PlayStation 4 and for Steam on PC. It will be a digital-only title so you won’t be able to pick it up from retail shops.

How Much Star Wars: Episode IX Is Using Dominic Monaghan

When J.J. Abrams was working on Force Awakens, Dominic Monaghan approached his friend with interest, and J.J. Abrams said he would keep him in mind. For Force Awakens however, he was looking for newcomers, which Abrams found in Daisy Ridley and John Boyega. For The Last Jedi, Rian Johnson took the reins, making it clear to Monaghan that he wouldn’t be in the second one either. However, with Abrams returning for Episode IX, this was his chance. Monaghan even took a break from working for a while in hopes of getting the call and needing to be available, thanks to some playful hints from the director. It all thankfully paid off when Disney reached out to him and he got his hands on the script.

‘Saturday Night Live’ Cold Open Featured the GOP Celebrating Kavanaugh’s Confirmation With Brewskis

The devil works fast, but Saturday Night Live works faster: Somehow, between the close of the final Senate vote for Kavanaugh’s confirmation around 4:15 P.M. ET on Saturday and the airing of the show, less than seven hours later, the writers room managed to come up with a cold open that imagined how Senate Republicans must be celebrating Kavanaugh’s confirmation.

In the skit GOP senators are cracking open cold brewskis in tribute to Kavanaugh, who mentioned beer no fewer than 30 times in his Senate hearing following Christine Blasey Ford’s powerful allegations of sexual assault. The atmosphere? Full-on “locker room” vibes.

“Republicans read the mood of the country, and we could tell that people really wanted Kavanaugh,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Beck Bennett) told CNN reporter Dana Bash (Heidi Gardner). “Everyone’s pumped, from white men over 60 to white men over 70.”

Kate McKinnon also reprised an appearance as Senator Lindsay Graham. When Bash asked how he felt about the vote, Graham had an ecstatic response: “How amazing is this? We made a lot of women real worried today, but I’m not getting pregnant, so I don’t care,” he said as “This Is How We Do It” pulsed in the background.

“We couldn’t have done it without Susan Collins,” Graham continued, referring to Republican Senator Collins’ pledge to vote yes on Kavanaugh’s confirmation. “Susie, get over here!”

“The last thing I wanted was to make this about me,” Sen. Collins (Cecily Strong) tells Bash. “That’s why I told everyone to tune in at 3:00 P.M. so I could tell all my female supporters, ‘Psych!'”

Bash questioned if she thought there was any credit to Ford’s allegations against Kavanaugh.

“Listen, I think it’s important to believe women, until it’s time to stop,” she said as Sen. Graham made bunny fingers behind Bash’s head. “I’m a guy’s gal, OK? I can party with the big dogs and, whoop whoop, we’re gonna have fun tonight…. Now we’re gonna party like it’s 2020, when Susan Rice takes my seat.”

Susan Rice, President Barack Obama’s national security adviser, had tweeted “Me” when Jen Psaki asked who would run for Senate in Maine in 2020, indicating she’s open to running.

Watch the full cold open below:

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*Saturday Night Live*’s Cold Open Featured the GOP Celebrating Kavanaugh’s Confirmation With Brewskis

The devil works fast, but Saturday Night Live works faster: Somehow, between the close of the final Senate vote for Kavanaugh’s confirmation around 4:15 P.M. ET on Saturday and the airing of the show less than seven hours later, the writers room managed to come up with a cold open that imagined how Senate Republicans must be celebrating Kavanaugh’s confirmation.

In the skit, GOP senators are cracking open cold brewskis in tribute to Kavanaugh, who mentioned beer no fewer than 30 times in his Senate hearing following Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s powerful allegations of sexual assault. The atmosphere? Full-on “locker room” vibes.

“Republicans read the mood of the country, and we could tell that people really wanted Kavanaugh,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Beck Bennett) told CNN reporter Dana Bash (Heidi Gardner). “Everyone’s pumped, from white men over 60 to white men over 70.”

Kate McKinnon also reprised an appearance as Sen. Lindsay Graham. When Bash asked how he felt about the vote, Graham had an ecstatic response: “How amazing is this? We made a lot of women real worried today, but I’m not getting pregnant so I don’t care,” he said as “This Is How We Do It” pulsed in the background.

“We couldn’t have done it without Susan Collins,” Graham continued, referring to Republican Sen. Collins’ pledge to vote yes on Kavanaugh’s confirmation. “Susie, get over here!”

“The last thing I wanted was to make this about me,” Sen. Collins (Cecily Strong) tells Bash. “That’s why I told everyone to tune in at 3 P.M. so I could tell all my female supporters, ‘Psyche!'”

Bash questioned if she thought there was any credit to Dr. Blasey Ford’s allegations against Kavanaugh.

“Listen, I think it’s important to believe women, until it’s time to stop,” she said as Sen. Graham made bunny fingers behind Bash’s head. “I’m a guy’s gal, OK? I can party with the big dogs and, whoop whoop, we’re gonna have fun tonight…. Now we’re gonna party like it’s 2020 when Susan Rice takes my seat.”

Susan Rice, President Barack Obama’s national security adviser, had tweeted “Me” when Jen Psaki asked who would run for Senate in Maine in 2020, indicating she’s open to running.

Watch the full cold open below:

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